PSPad v4.6.2 Updated

billon on 2 Mar 2017
  • 15MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Mar 2017
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

PSPad is a plain text editor with syntax highlighting support and tabbed interface. It includes an integrated hex editor, spell checker, FTP client, code explorer etc. It also allows you to automate repetitive activities through macro recording and playback.

System Requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Writes 3 entries (Handle|Path|Ready) to HKCU\Software\PSPad and registers Shell|Open|Command for PSPad.project (.PPR) file.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Download dictionaries for spell-check (optional) and unpack to .\PSPad\Spell\ folder
  3. Launch PSPad.exe
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20 comments on PSPad  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

david morley 2006-06-09 17:51

Excellent editor, lots of features. I use it with portable xampp for all my hacking/development.

Mike 2006-07-04 10:17


Portable = 0 entry IMHO

Andrew Lee 2006-07-05 00:33

These are just working entries, IMHO. All the program settings are saved in the INI files and properly preserved when you transport PSPad from one machine to another. Of course, if your definition of "portable" is that the program does not leave _any_ registry entry at all, then I can't help you here. :)

Mike 2006-07-05 01:35

Hi Andrew,
What matters most for me is the question "Can I run a portable application without Admin Privilege ?" Writing to the registry requires those, correct me if I am wrong. I really like the prog BTW, Notepad++ for instance doesn't write anything to the registry AFAIK ( verified with RegShot ;-) )

Andrew Lee 2006-07-05 17:47

If the program writes to HKEY_CURRENT_USER, it does not require admin privileges. Only a program that writes to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE requires that.

Mike 2006-07-06 05:17

My bad Andrew mate, I was just concentrating on the fact the some entries are made to the registry :(
Thanks for the hint :)

BH 2006-10-24 11:40

Mike - it does work. it worked for me at school and the account we get arne't priviledged. it's like the stone age of computer. you can't really do anything. but yeah, it works..

a 2007-02-04 11:09

this thing is kinda like the photoshop of programing editors. very professional looking, and it's "portable", "free", and reasonably small in size.. now thats rare, lets hope it stays that way for a long time!

Webfork 2007-05-28 19:46

I use this program's hierarchical groupings of text files on any subject all the time and for everything. Its tabbed interface makes sense and works beautifully, way better than NoteTab.

Note that I use this program only as a notepad and it works fine. Never crashes, very customizable, and with power features under the hood if you need them. Adore this program!

Bill 2007-11-06 15:39

I use it as a notepad replacement for about 3 years. It's also the tool I use if I want to do some text cleanup from cut and paste lists from web, Excel, etc. The remove duplicates when sorting feature isn't something that I've seen anywhere else (at least this quick and easy to use). It's just a great tool to have regardless of what your editor of choice is.

Viniciusban 2008-01-31 18:29

I've been using PSPAD as my only PHP, HTML, SQL, CSS, INI, TXT editor for 3 years now.

It's fantastic. Code Explorer is something I'v just seen in Ultraedit.

By the way, only thing I think is missing is allowing personal syntax highlighters set color for variables.

It's just a great professional software I use to develop professional applications all the day long.

Gmacri 2008-03-06 14:52

PSPad is not only a tabbed plain text editor unicode and multilingual, with syntax highlighting support. Work with plain text and has a wealth of formatting functions, including a spell checker.
There are macros, clip files and templates to automate repetative tasks. Integrated HEX Editor, Project support, FTP Client, Macro Recorder, File Search/Replace, Code Explorer, Code page conversionthe...
Direct access to favorites (files, folders, webs and tools).
Search and replace and line number.
These are just some of the many features that PSPad offers.
PsPad is the best I found.

Initrd.gz 2008-10-25 09:56

This is an excellent editor. The only thing missing is a "Comment Out" tool.

It is especially good installed, since you can just right click anything and select the PSPad icon, and you can view it.

Webfork 2009-02-08 12:51

Not very stable and no longer in development. After extensive testing for almost a year with very large text files, I'm getting odd file errors, unexpected crashes, and basically a great amount of disappointment for a program I really grew to rely on. I switched over to Notepad++ ( which lacks PSPad's outstanding "project" interface but does have tabs, is much faster, and never seems to crash.

van loggins 2009-05-17 19:21

This program is simply awesome. tried others like notepad++ and didn't like them, didn't have enough features. The ability to directly connect to ftp sites for web server so I can directly edit php and tpl files makes this a must have in my toolbox. keeps my jooma web server and my phpbb3 forum sites looking good.

Tom 2009-11-17 10:45

@Webfork absolutely wrong. It IS still under development. Just watch the beta-versions! Latest released dev-build (4.5.4 r2374) was just 9 days ago.

However: the version 4.5.4 is NOT new, as the headline indicates. It has been out since at least July 2009. Just check the release history.

Make sure to download it from the original page as you might want to get some of the dictionaries, tools, extensions, highlighters and code-snippets.

jxf011 2009-12-14 14:52

PSPad is the best text editor I've used and the only non-notepad editor I have installed. And, it's still very much in development, check the site for the latest builds.

Shadeclan 2012-09-12 19:25

I've been using PSPad for a number of years now and really like it. I find it much easier to configure and less complicated to use than Notepad++, its closest competitor. Also, it is still very much in development. Latest version, as of 12 Sep 2012 is V4.5.7 (2449) released 22 Aug 2012. It is my go-to text editor for everything.
There are a few annoying things with it however. It comes with 27 pre-installed languages which can be hidden but not uninstalled and there are only 5 slots for custom languages. I think that most people would not have a problem with that since the installed languages are the most popular but if you work in a shop using more obscure languages, you might be out of luck.


Shadeclan 2012-09-14 13:59

I figured out how to uninstall the user-chosen (custom) languages but it takes a little work.
1: Open PSPad.ini (if you opened it with PSPad or if PSPad is running, save it as something else).
2: Delete the UserHighLighterName# value / data pair where the language is listed (the crosshatch is either null or a number between 1 and 4).
3: Delete the language key and all value / data pairs appertaining to it.
4: If PSPad is running, close it - then replace the PSPad.ini file with your changes. Voila! Your user-selected language slot is ready for another language!
I have posted a request to add a mechanism to do this automatically on the PSPad forum which is very active and the author of the software posts often - not what you'd expect from "dead" software.
BTW: Be cautious about using the installer - it seems to have had some problems. Use the zip file instead and unpack the files to a folder of your choice.


Shadeclan 2012-09-14 14:46

If it's ok, I'd just like to make a few more comments:
Viniciusban writes that PSPad has no comment-out tool. I don't know if that was true when he posted, but it has one now:
Format menu / Add/Remove Comment.

Webfork writes that it has trouble handling Very Large Files (VLF). In my experience, there are only a very few editors that can handle VLFs without absorbing all available RAM and none of them (with the possible exception of UltraEdit) is as full-featured as PSPad IMHO. If I must view / edit a VLF, I always use HiEditor from as it is made specifically to work on VLFs without hosing the computer. Unfortunately, it isn't offered on but it is completely portable, writes all settings to an INI file and is very fast.

Tom mentions that the "stable" version is 4.5.4. Currently it is 4.5.6 and was uploaded about 11 months ago. Beta version, available from the forum and updated August 2012, is very stable - if the latest version is wanted, grab it from there.

PSPad has its problems but they all do - that's why there isn't just a single text editor that everybody uses. While Notepad++ is (undeniably) the most popular text editor for programmers, I find its interface somewhat obscure and its learning curve a bit too steep to make it useful to me. PSPad's interface is much cleaner and simpler and, if I don't use it for months at a time, I can come back to it without worrying about relearning anything - that's why PSPad is my text editor of choice.


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